Intuitive Biostatistics was first published in 1995, and is now in its third edition (2015). While many have praised the book, some teachers find it a bad fit for use in their course because it doesn’t contain the mathematical content they need in their primary textbook, yet it is too long to serve as a supplemental text. To bridge this gap, and to serve as a super concise review for scientists, I wrote  Essential Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Approach, which is about one-third the length (and price) of Intuitive Biostatistics (3rd edition) .

Topics in Intuitive Biostatistics, but missing from Essential Biostatistics: A Nonmathematical Approach, include:

  • Meta-analysis
  • Survival curves
  • Testing for equivalence or noninferiority
  • Nonlinear and multiple regression
  • Comparing fits of alternative models
  • Receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curves
  • Explanations of basic statistical tests
  • Review problems and answers